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Monday, May 6: Term papers Due at start of class.
Wednesday, May 8: Volunteer Journals Due.
Wednesday May 15: Final Projects Due. Oral Presentations (on Final Project) Due.
Reread rubrics to make sure you have covered all your bases!
Games and Interactive Media:
Article: If You Love it, Change It- Social Activism in Gaming.
33 Revolutions per Minute. A History of Protest Songs
James Brown: Say It Loud. I’m Black and I’m Proud
Public Enemy: Fight the Power
100 Best protest Signs from Rally to Restore Sanity
Video: Art With a Message
Please take the handout or refer to pp 148-149 in your book and compare the documentary feature, Born Into Brothels (2004) with the five territories of the community-based arts process. Jot down your answers in your notebook and bring to the next class.
The Kickstarter Economy: How to Use the Power of Crowdfunding and Social Media to Turn Your Creative Project Ideas Into a Reality
Speaker: Justin P. Moore
Thursday April 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM
AUR’s Arianna Auditorium
Based in Berlin since 2001, American artist, designer, world traveler, and food-lover Justin P. Moore will share his secrets of crowd-funding success via Kickstarter with the AUR community. In 2013 he successfully funded, published, and produced his highly-acclaimed vegan cookbook, “The Lotus and the Artichoke -Vegan Recipes from World Adventures.” His successful online campaign reached 220% of its initial fundraising goal, was a featured project on Kickstarter’s home page, and was represented in Time Magazine’s recent October 2012 article, “The Kickstarter Economy.” Visit his project page here.
Justin’s creation, “The Lotus and the Artichoke” features over 100 vegan recipes inspired by his travels and culinary adventures around the world. The cookbook focuses on the fusion of culinary styles from East and West and celebrates global traditions as well as new kitchen creativity beyond all borders. The lecture will delve into the topics of crowd-funding basics, which projects are good candidates for crowd-funding, how to create a successful campaign, using social media, finding a target audience, expectations and obligations, and more. Rumor also has it that vegan treats will be available for the audience to sample afterwards.
I Want to Be a Pilot (2006)
Radio and Podcasts
A conservative list of America’s Top 25 Radio Hosts
This American Life
1. Read all Week 10 handouts and Week 10 links. (for Quiz-let Monday, April 15…)
2. Due Thursday April 11 at 6:45 at Kickstarter Event or in my mailbox: Final Project Proposals
3. Start doing research for term paper and final project. Watch “More” link and bring to the next class an example (web address/etc) of highly skilled people donating their time and talents for free.
1. Final Term Paper Proposal
Please choose a topic for a 5-6 page term paper due Monday, May 6, 2013.
Term paper proposals are due Monday, April 8, 2013. For the proposal, please submit the title of your topic, along with a paragraph or two summarizing your proposed topic.
Final Paper: Case Study & Aesthetic Critique/Content Analysis Research Paper
-Select a socially-responsible media work (to be approved by me).
-Write a case study based on research regarding the financing and distribution of the work.
-Write an aesthetic critique and content analysis of the work.
(See handout and rubric that was given in class for more details…) Continue reading
Christine Pawlata is an Austrian freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. Based in Rome, she works mainly for Dutch media as well for the American press agency The Associated Press. She is currently working on a series of short documentaries about Roma camps in Italy for Amnesty International.
The High Price of Materialism is a short five minute stop-motion animation film that highlights the social disadvantages of a modern materialistic world. In this short animation, psychologist Tim Kasser talks about how American culture of cusumerism, (and this can appeal to many cultures living in a developed country), weakens the social well being of an individual. The animation argues both the pros and the cons of living in a materialistic society. Continue reading